PNB scam: UK home secretary approves extradition of Nirav Modi to India - Times of India
NEW DELHI: UK home secretary Priti Patel on Friday approved the extradition of fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case, the country's home office said.
NEW DELHI: UK home secretary Priti Patel on Friday approved the extradition of fugitive diamond merchant
in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case, the country's home office said.
Earlier in February, a London court had ordered that Nirav Modi could be extradited as "he does have a case to answer before the Indian courts."
Currently, Nirav Modi has been lodged in a UK prison since his arrest in March 2019.
Once extradited to India, he will face charges of fraud, money laundering, alleged intimidation of witnesses and disappearance of evidence.
The diamond merchant is wanted in connection with the $2 billion (around Rs 14,000 crore)
Nirav Modi now has 14 days to challenge the order in the UK high court. Any appeal, if granted, will be heard at the administrative division of the high court in London.
In case extradited, Nirav Modi would be held at Barrack No 12 at the Arthur Road jail in Mumbai.
India is a designated Part 2 country by virtue of the Extradition Act 2003, which means it is the UK cabinet minister who has the authority to order a requested person's extradition after considering a number of further issues.
The home secretary's order rarely goes against the court's conclusions, as she has to consider only very narrow bars to extradition which did not apply in Nirav's case.
Nirav Modi had escaped from India on January 1, 2018. A non bailable arrest warrant was issued by the trial court against him followed by a red corner notice in June 2018 by the Interpol.
He was arrested by the UK Police and his repeated applications for bail, were rejected by the Westminster Magistrates' court and high court, London.
(With inputs from agencies)